Wimbledon: Carlos Alcaraz defeats Novak Djokovic in five-set epic to win maiden title at All England Club | Tennis News

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World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz ended Novak Djokovic’s hopes of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam to claim his maiden Wimbledon title in a five-set epic, 1-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 3-6 6-4.

The young Spaniard looked to be on his way to victory when he recovered from a nervous start to take a two-sets-to-one lead, only for Djokovic to show once again his remarkable powers of resilience.

It was he who appeared in the ascendancy at the start of the fifth set but back came 20-year-old Alcaraz to claim victory after four hours and 42 minutes, finally landing a meaningful blow for the young guns against the man 16 years his senior.

Alcaraz slumped to the court after Djokovic’s final forehand dropped into the net before sharing a long embrace with the vanquished Serb.

The 36-year-old, looking to win an eighth title and a fifth in a row at the All England Club, raced away with the opener 6-1 in 34 minutes.

Alcaraz was unable to cope with Djokovic’s tactical awareness with the Serb making just two unforced errors to take early control of the match.

The Spaniard’s nerves seemed to settle at the start of the second set and he broke the Djokovic serve to lead 2-0.

But Djokovic, appearing in a record 35th Grand Slam final, broke straight back and a high-calibre set went to a tie-break.

Djokovic had won his previous 14 tie-breaks at Grand Slams but Alcaraz finally put an end to the streak by taking it 8-6 with a stunning return of serve to level the match.

Alcaraz broke again at the start of the third, with Djokovic chuntering to umpire Fergus Murphy about a disputed let call.

The defending champion, given a time violation in the tie-break, was booed by some of the crowd when he had a long mid-game conversation with the umpire.

Alcaraz broke again after an epic 26-minute game with his seventh break point and a third break wrapped up the set 6-1 as the match ticked towards three hours.

Djokovic took an extended bathroom break at the changeover and re-emerged to more jeers from the crowd.

It seemed to do the trick, though, as at 2-2 in the fourth he fashioned two break points, taking the second when Alcaraz’s drop shot hit the net.

Djokovic finally had some momentum and took the fourth set to send the match into a deciding fifth set shoot-out.

He then squandered a break point for 2-0 in the fifth when he slammed what looked a certain winner into the net.

It proved costly, as in the next game Alcaraz forced the break to prompt Djokovic to smash his racket into the wooden net post.

Alcaraz’s path to glory

Carlos Alcaraz is the first player to defeat three top-10 opponents en route to secure the men’s singles title at the Championships since Pete Sampras in 1994 (Michael Chang, Todd Martin and Goran Ivanisevic).

Alcaraz is the second to defeat Djokovic in a five-sets Grand Slam final after Andy Murray at the US Open 2012.

Alcaraz is the first player to defeat Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon since Tomas Berdych in quarter-finals 2017, 2195 days ago by retirement.

Lleyton Hewitt in 2002, 21 years ago, was the last man to win the Wimbledon singles who was not from the quartet of Dvokovic, Federer, Murray or Nadal.

Djokovic’s reign was over after Alcaraz served out for a stunning victory to be crowned the new king of Wimbledon.

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